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Senior management ensures that our customer focused approach is embedded throughout all of our procedures and processes. Utilization of best practice available is key to our project approach. Britcon can undertake all of your civil engineering requirements from feasibility and design through to our comprehensive handover protocols.
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Britcon have recently completed the construction of a design and build footbridge and cycleway complete with upgraded infrastructure crossing the A10 dual carriageway in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. The construction has provided an additional crossing point from the east to the west sides of the busy A10 dual carriageway, which is one of the main arterial routes linking London with Cambridge. Specifically, it has linked the areas of Cheshunt and Waltham Cross to the east to the new St. Mary's High School to the west, being part of a Sustrans route providing an invaluable safe link for hundreds of school children on a daily basis.
The project consisted specifically of a 35m span, 3.5m wide bridge crossing the A10 dual carriageway in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. At either side of the bridge, structural steel ramps totalling 200 m in length and weighing approximately 140 tonnes in total were fabricated and installed. This provided a Sustrans route as a footbridge and cycleway linking Cheshunt and Waltham Cross to the east with St. Mary's High School and the remainder of Cheshunt to the west. To the west, an additional 750 m of footway and bridleway, together with a bridge over the New River, were also installed as an additional contract which was won on the basis of our record and delivery of the initial project.
In addition to the main structure as detailed above, we also installed a 70m long, reinforced concrete structure to the east ramp linking the routes to the east back to that of the A10. This structure was finished with tarmacadam and brick clad to improve the aesthetics when viewed from the other side of the brook on Theobald's Lane.
Linking both structures to various existing footways were new ground bearing footways and cycleways totalling approximately 200m in length, together with improvements to various existing footways and crossings.
The construction of permanent concrete slab works and stoned maintenance areas have aided the overall appearance of the bridge and its surroundings, as well as enhancing the access for the resident farmer and any future maintenence crews who need to service the site.
400m of new fencing and gates have also been erected, both around the perimeter of the works as well as in the central reserve of the A10 itself, providing a secure environment in and around the bridge as well as preventing the general public risking life and limb by trying cross the A10 at a non designated crossing point.
The A10 has benefited also by the installation of 150m of new vehicle restraint system, protecting the new bridge piers as well as the improvements of the existing barrier system within parts of the site boundary.
The whole scheme has been illuminated with the introduction of lighting columns along its length, these vary between 5 and 10m in height to provide a constant luminance whilst crossing the bridge and ramps. Some of the adjacent lighting along the A10 has also been upgraded.
The areas which remain free from concrete, stone or steel have been landscaped to provide a natural rural habitat for wildlife, softening and improving the aesthetics of the bridge as a whole.
The extension to the Adwick Park & Ride recently completed by Britcon will mean an additional 112 car parking spaces - taking the total to 196 spaces, including 12 new spaces for disabled users. The Works completed in mid-June 2008.
As part of its Park & Ride Strategy, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive have extended the site to meet the demands of passengers already using it and also encourage more people to park and ride into Doncaster town centre and beyond.
Roy Wicks, Director General of SYPTE, said: "Park & Ride sites are a convenient and easy way to travel and I hope by extending Adwick more people will take the opportunity to travel hassle free on the train into Doncaster town centre and other places across Yorkshire. Our aim is to encourage more people out of their cars and onto public transport and it is by providing high quality facilities such as Adwick that we can achieve this."
Britcon were engaged as principal contractor to construct a state of the art anaerobic digestion facility capable of converting in excess of 45,000 tonnes of food waste into power generating methane gas to be used as a fuel source for the adjacent feed processing factory with excess power being fed back into the local electricity grid network, producing overall 2.8Mw of renewable electricity and heat, enough to power about 5,000 homes.
The anaerobic digestor takes 25-36 days to complete its cycle. As well as heat and electricity, it produces 43,000 tonnes of odourless organic fertiliser a year, which is sent to local farms.
Our client was Prosper de Mulder Ltd. in partnership with their European anaerobic digestion plant operators SARIA who have a number of similar installations on the continent.
PDM were keen to use local supply chains and as such invited local companies to tender for the project. Britcon were selected as principal contractor. On appointment, Britcon engaged in an intense process of value engineering to ensure 'best value' had been achieved throughout the entire project providing civil engineering infrastructure and construction of a new dedicated office and amenities block for the AD plant, which is highly energy efficient, in line with the rest of the project.
The initial phase was a relatively straight forward earthworks re-engineering of the top 2m of the existing brown field site to bring the formation to a suitable bearing capacity for the structures to be constructed but this did incorporate a major dewatering of the temporary works for the deep basement which was a considerable depth below the adjacent river level.
On completion of the earthworks and piling operations, the major structures which comprised multiple high rise post tensioned circular reinforced concrete digestion tanks, receiving tanks and gas storage tanks along with numerous process structures, extensive external works and administration office commenced.
The concrete tank structures were sub-contracted to a nominated Austrian specialist slip forming contractor utilising their own patented shutter / integrated rotating equipment.
Given that the administration office was to be used in conjunction with a green energy plant, the brief was to create an office facility that was as environmentally friendly as possible, using the latest sustainable methods of construction. With this in mind the materials were sourced to provide maximum recycleability over the whole life cycle of the building.
Thermal values of all elements of construction were closely considered, with the eventual building envelope far exceeding the requirements of the Building Regulations. Internal walls and the inner leaf of the external walls were formed with dense masonry to provide high thermal mass; to be used in conjunction with a night-time cooling strategy, fresh air is brought into the building overnight to cool the dense structure which slowly absorbs heat through the day. In winter the air is not extracted and thus stays warm.
Architects, John Hill Associates from Doncaster, managed the design and construction throughout the build process.
Britcon have recently completed a make-over of Bentley Park & Ride to upgrade its passenger facilities. Works included the increase in parking spaces at the site and also improvements to security. The project was funded by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) as part of the Travel South Yorkshire Partnership, to improve rail services across the Doncaster region.
Works undertaken by Britcon comprised;
The brand new Caravan Club site at Bridlington occupies 18 acres of gentle hillside enjoying sea views whilst set in mature woodland. Comprising 70 touring pitches, secure storage for 140 caravans together with toilet facilities, reception / wardens accommodation, assistant wardens bathroom, information room and telephone kiosk.
Buildings have been designed and constructed with sustainability in mind incorporating 'green energy' systems, such as combined grey and rain water harvesting, air source heating, solar themal/ heating and photovoltaic panels.
Britcon Limited were employed as Principal Civil Engineering Contractor within a formal arrangement under the NCE form of contract.
Works undertaken at Brake Bros. Limited Grantham site comprised High Voltage enabling works, sub-station, service trenches.
Enabling works comprised excavation and disposal (6m slope across site) sub-base, drainage, cable routes, substantial retaining structures, external concrete slabs. Fit out works comprised the two storey office accommodation and staff amenity facilities.
Britcon were contracted by Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo to Design and construct the foundations for a new theme park ride.
The project aim was to create piled reinforced concrete foundations which would accept the exacting tolerances of the American ride. The ride, is a space shot style ride, now named the Cliff-hanger, is one of the tallest space shot towers in the UK and has been rated one of the best In Europe.
Britcon has worked with Flamingo Land and their sister park, Pleasure Island, on several occasions; constructing foundations for the rides and other work to the highest standard of quality.
Known as 'The Forest Products Terminal', Britcon undertook construction of an 8500 sqm Transit Shed for Associated British Ports at Immingham simultaneously with the IAWS project also featured within our Ports portfolio.
The existing woolshed was demolished to make way for the new development.
The portal framed building incorporated an 18m x 54m canopy . External works included extensive drainage systems, perimeter fencing and 3200sqm hard surfacing.
The 24,00-tonne storage, dying and cleaning complex, built at Muntons malt manufacturer's Flamborough site near Bridlington, was set up to protect the continuity of supply and demand for quality British malting barley.
English Farming and Food Partnership brokered a deal between Muntons Malt and two farmer co-operatives - Openfield and GrainCo - to build the complex, which promises some significant environmental benefits. The barley drier alone is said to cut CO2 emissions by around 650 tonnes per year compared with farm-based drying.
A new company, Muntons Malt Supply Chain, will operate the site and it has already secured new contracts with farmers and Muntons, major distilling and brewing customers.
Muntons' general manager Guy Newsam said: "We are proud to be a major player for an innovative solution for the secure movement of quality malting barley. The key aim of the MMSC is to help growers understand the requirements of all partners in the brewing industry and deliver smart supply chain solutions."
Britcon's work comprised site access roadways, intake and cleaner building infrastructure, drainage and interception pits, 6 heavily reinforced concrete silo bases, weighbridge infrastructure and numerous foundations, support pads and ductways.
The project comprised the construction of an extension to the existing 21m span container crane beams, situated at No8 quay, Immingham Dock. The two existing reinforced concrete container crane beams were extended by 140metres eastwards along Henderson Quay. New buffer stops located at the ends of the extended beams and a storm anchor position was installed towards the eastern end of the beams.
The landslide crane beams were piled using driven precast concrete section piles. The seaside beam was supported of the existing Henderson Quay structure.
Other works included the taking up and laying to falls of 2000m sq of block paving.
The works included the design, fabrication and installation of modifications and alterations to existing pipe bridges and structures and the construction of new pipe bridges and structures, foundations for new equipment, modifications to existing buildings, construction of new buildings, formation of concrete cable ducts etc.
The first project undertaken in association with Veolia Water comprised civil engineering works to a new Sodium Nitrate Effluent Treatment plant for Johnson Matthey Limited at Clitheroe in Lancashire.
The sub-structure and external works comprised the diversion of existing services, new gas, water and electrical supplies, new access road and traffic loading route including a new drainage system, external foundations for storage tanks, and associated sub-structure for the new effluent treatment plant.
The project comprised extensive civil engineering works to provide infrastructure at the Primary Mill Development, Aldwarke, Rotherham.
Extensive reinforced concrete structures included tank bases, pumphouse bases, transformer house, and associated works such as casting pits, ducts, chambers, muck pen and mold tower.
The 23 week project is one amongst many undertaken at several Corus plants throughout the region.
Civil Engineering works required for Project Libra at the Corus Steel plant in Scunthorpe (now TATA steel) were provided by Britcon on a 'design and build' basis. The required works were associated with the transfer of the furnace from the Heavy Section Mill to the Medium Section Mill and the associated Cooling Bank Extension works.
Works undertaken by Britcon comprised general site preparation and service diversions, piling to the foundations for the furnace end and cooling banks, foundations for the furnace, the furnace building and cooling bank building foundations, electrical substations, hydraulic house basement, scale pit, discharge and charging roller table flumes, water treatment bank civil works, emergency water tank civil works and general civil works.
Project Libra's objectives were to enhance the Medium Section Mill to enable railway sections to be rolled to achieve a top 3 manufacturing placement for Corus in Europe.
The Medium Section Mill remained in production throughout the contract period.
The first in a series of projects undertaken for Singleton Birch Limited at the Melton Ross Quarry near Kirmington in North Lincolnshire was construction of the new Quarry Fines building. The project was undertaken in close collaboration with the client and the appointed mechanical contractor.
The building erected within a remote area of the existing worked quarry comprised a bulk store, screen house, crusher house, microlime plant together with ancillary facilities such as the welfare block, wheelwash, weighbridges and associated roadworks.
The construction works comprised the demolition of existing garages and plant rooms including asbestos removal. This was followed by significant ground works incorporating concrete piling and associated reinforced concrete infrastructure. The storage building comprised the erection of a high bay single skin steel clad 1546m2 steel portal framed building to including 100t over head crane and associated electrical works.
Externally ground works included storm water drainage, road access and turning head, reinforced concrete hardstandings and associated works.
Britcon were employed as Principal Contractor by Associated British Ports to undertake construction of a vehicle import terminal at the port of Grimsby.
Undertaken as a 'Design and Build' project Britcon provided 55 acres of macadam surfaced vehicle storage area together with associated lighting towers, drainage and fencing.
The extensive infrastructure comprised a rail crossing, construction of a vehicle underpass, retaining structures, ducts, hard and soft landscaping. All within a working port environment.
North East Lincolnshire Council awarded Britcon the prestigious contract of pedestrianising Victoria Street in Grimsby. It was essential to work around shops, pubs, restaurants and other businesses so that they were not affected by the construction. Most work took place out of normal hours (mostly at night) to ensure that the public had minimal disturbance during the day.
The project involved granite paving, hard landscaping, decorative lighting using LED illumination, and creating a wi-fi zoned area. The sewage and service systems were also upgraded. Statistics have shown that the shops economy Has improved through this opportunity, as well as making policing the area easier, so the project has created a safer and more pleasant environment for the owners of the shops their customers and visitors to the town centre.
National recognition of the transformation of Victoria Street was received when the project was 'highly commended' in the Pedestrian Environment category of the Local Government News Street Design Awards 2009. The award follows recent commendation from the British Council of Shopping Centres Town Centre Environment Awards received in June 2009
Britcon were involved from the very start of the project and in close liaison with the project architects and engineers to ensure interfaces with complex M&E plant and processes were achieved. On site installation was carried out be Britcon Engineering's own teams of steel erectors and subsequently received an award from the main contractor in recognition of being part of 500,000 hours worked on site accident free.